Howard A. Schmidt Promotes Real-Time Security via Web Services
Redwood City, CA — June 16, 2003 — Qualys, Inc., the market leader of on-demand security audits and vulnerability management, today announced the appointment of Howard Schmidt to the company’s Board of Directors. Schmidt was the former security advisor to President George W. Bush and Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Corporation. As a member of the Board, Schmidt will help Qualys become the de facto standard in vulnerability assessments and protection.
“The window between vulnerability discovery and time to exploitation is narrowing rapidly. Today’s networking environment requires continuous auditing with real-time vulnerability and patch updates,” said Schmidt. “There needs to be a new approach to perform security audits and protect from vulnerabilities. The key way to provide adequate security is through a web service that is updated daily.”
According to Anthony C. Picardi, IDC senior vice president, Global Software, “Web services is a disruptive technology that will replace other software technologies and platforms. It is the software platform of the future.”
“Schmidt is known both for his visionary opinions and his technical pragmatism, which is a rare combination,” said Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO of Qualys. “Web services are proliferating in the enterprise, not only because they can be delivered anywhere, anytime via the web, they also offer a much less expensive path to integration.”
About Howard A. Schmidt
Howard A. Schmidt has recently joined eBay as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer. He retired from the federal government after 31 years of public service. He was appointed by President Bush as the Vice Chair of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board and as the Special Adviser for Cyberspace Security for the White House in December 2001. Prior to the White House, Howard was chief security officer for Microsoft Corp., where his duties included CISO, CSO and overseeing the Security Strategies Group. Before Microsoft, Mr. Schmidt was a supervisory special agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare Division. While there, he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government. Before AFOSI, Mr. Schmidt was with the FBI at the National Drug Intelligence Center, where he headed the Computer Exploitation Team. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of computer forensics and computer evidence collection. Before working at the FBI, Mr. Schmidt was a city police officer from 1983 to 1994 for the Chandler Police Department in Arizona. Mr. Schmidt holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BSBA) and a master’s degree in organizational management. (MAOM)
With more than 2,000 subscribers ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, Qualys has become the leader in on demand vulnerability management and policy compliance. The company allows security managers to strengthen the security of their networks effectively, conduct automated security audits and ensure compliance with internal policies and external regulations. Qualys’ on demand technology offers customers significant economic advantages, requiring no capital outlay or infrastructure to deploy and manage. Its distributed scanning capabilities and unprecedented scalability make it ideal for large, distributed organisations. Hundreds of large companies have deployed Qualys on a global scale, including AXA, DuPont, Hershey Foods, ICI Ltd, Novartis, Sodexho, Standard Chartered Bank and many others. Qualys is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with European offices in France, Germany and the U.K., and Asian representatives in Japan, Singapore, Australia, Korea and the Republic of China. For more information, please visit www.qualys.com.
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